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Friend of Canopy 

I hope your new year is off to a smooth start.

Canopy's year certainly is! Thanks to all of you who responded to our appeal, we realized the full potential of the Dean Witter Foundation Challenge Match. Through the month of December, all new and increased gifts were doubled. These gifts will go a long way with Canopy, and will help us achieve our goal to plant 1,000 shade and fruit trees at schools in East Palo Alto.

Please grab your brand new calendar as we have a busy year ahead of us. To start, I hope you plan to come to our Annual Mayor's Tree Planting next week.  Read on for more info on this and our busy plantings and Tree Walks schedule.

Thank you for your support!  We could CM 2011not plant and protect our local urban forests without your help.

Sincerely and gratefully,
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Catherine Martineau
Executive Director 
Dry, Cold December = Thirsty, Frosty Trees
Water Advised for All Young Trees
From the desk of Michael
It has been a very cold December for our local trees. Frost has certainly been nipping at the leaves of trees and shrubs alike. Also, December has had almost zero precipitation.  Our trees are thirsty and frostbitten. 

Young Roots Need Water

Trees in California depend on a wet winter to sustain the dry summers.  However, this year, we have had a very dry December and January so far.  While the cool weather is keeping the root zones of most trees protected, recently planted trees may need to be irrigated, especially evergreens.
For tips on how to water your trees, click here.

How to Counter Freezing Temperatures

Recent temperatures have been cold enough to freeze your trees' buds,blossoms, fruit, leaves, or twigs.  Most susceptible trees include: Citrus, Jacaranda, Catalpa, Oleander, Eugenia, and other tropical or sub-tropical plants. Young trees with dry roots are especially vulnerable. 

For details on how to protect trees from freezing, click here. 

Thank you for helping us protect and care for our local trees! 

Yours for our trees,
Michael Hawkins
Program Director  
Mayor's Tree Planting & Annual Party
Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 5:30-8:00pm
RSVP by 1/17/2012 at

Plant a Valley Oak tree with Palo Alto Mayor 

Yiaway Yeh  
Promptly at 5:30 pm 
Henry M. Gunn High School 


...Immediately Followed By...


Canopy's Annual Party & Awards Ceremony

Gunn High School Library


  Guests will mingle with old and new friends,
meet the newly elected Mayor,
enjoy libations and hors d'œuvres,
and celebrate volunteers and community leaders.

We are pleased to announce
Canopy's Tree Award Recipients  


Arnold Soforenko Awards for Outstanding Action

In Support of the Urban Forest

For their outstanding efforts to preserve the mature trees
through the remodel of Rickey's Hyatt Hotel and Conference Ground.

Dave Muffly
For his exceptional contributions to Canopy during
his six years on the Board of Directors and his visionary   

leadership with the East Palo Alto Tree Initiative plantings.   

The Chairs Award

Joe Vavuris
For his exceptional support of Canopy's tree planting efforts at Green Oaks Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto.

Out-on-a-Limb Awards
for Outstanding Volunteers

Barb Mackraz
For spearheading the Barron Park Tree Planting
and following it through to completion.

Marian Cortesi
For aptly taking on Canopy's Office Volunteer
duties and for the gift of her editing and website skills.

Jeff Langston
For his expert and generous help creating a project
management tool for use in preparing plantings.   


Young Forester Award   

Daniel Noriega-Diaz
For exceptional performance on the Canopy Youth Staff


The event is free of charge, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by January 17th at 



Email: [email protected]

Call: (650) 964-6110, extension 4.

January 2012
Matching Grant
Thirsty, Frosty Trees
Mayor's Tree Planting
MLK Tree Planting: 1/16
Tree Walk: 1/14/12
Tree Walks in 2012

Volunteers Welcome  

January 16th:  MLK Service      

Canopy is creating greener schools for East Palo Alto kids!  Join us for an inspiring Martin Luther King Service Event to plant 49 trees at Costa´┐Żo Elementary School!

Date: Monday January 16, 2012, 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Location: 2695 Fordham Street, East Palo Alto, CA, 94303  

RSVP: [email protected] or click here to sign-up

First Tree Walk of 2012 

January 14th; 10AM

Gamble Garden

On Saturday January 14th join  local Arborist Ralph Mize, also City Arborist for the City of San Jose for our Tree Walk at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Neighborhood.  


When: Saturday Jan. 14th
from 10AM to Noon
Where: Meet at the Parking Lot near the corner of Waverley and Embarcadero.
What: FREE Tree Walk in the famous Gamble Garden. 


See the route for our Gamble Garden Tree Walk.  


Tree Walks in 2012 

Monthly, Free, and Fun!  

We are pleased to announce our calendar of Arborist-led Tree Walks in 2012. Join us every month on the second Saturday from 10 am to Noon. Click here to sign up.


Jan. 14th - Gamble Garden

February 11th - Palo Verde  

March 10th - Mitchell Park
(Arbor Day Celebration)

April 14th - Jr. Museum & Zoo   

May 12th - Comm. Center 

June 9th -  Old Palo Alto    

July 14th -  College Terrace 

August 11th - West Bayshore  

Sept. 8th - University South 

October 13th - Southgate 

Nov. 10th - Crescent Park  


Click the above links to see the self-guided Tree Walks or request a brochure: [email protected] or call 650-964-6110 x1  


Sponsor Highlight: Arborwell  
Peter Sortwell, CEO
Phone: 888-969-8733
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Canopy is a nonprofit that plants and protect trees to improve communities in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and neighboring communities. Thank you for helping us create a continuous, sustainable, and thriving urban forest that can be enjoyed today and by future generations.
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